November 2016 Business Briefing

DePuy Synthes, Loughbeg, Ringaskiddy, is the location for our November 2016 Business Briefing on Tuesday Nov 22nd – 6.30pm (sharp)

Our speaker for the evening is


Joe Healy, Business Transformation Manager

Joe’s presentation will cover the Transformation Journey of the Cork site between 2007 to today and is titled:



‘Embracing Change’

DePuy Synthes Transformation Journey in Cork

DePuy Synthes is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s largest and most diverse healthcare corporations.

It offers a broad portfolio of orthopaedic and neuro products for joint reconstruction, trauma, spine, sports medicine, neurological, craniomaxillofacial, power tools and biomaterials.

The DePuy Synthes (Ireland) plant, in Cork, is part of the Joint Reconstruction business. Established in 1997 it is now one of the larger manufacturing sites within the DePuy Synthes network. The site hip, knee & shoulder replacements and has approx. 1700 SKU’s (Stock Keeping Unit) manufactured at the facility.

Joe has worldwide responsibility for Operational Excellence & Business Transformation for the Joint Reconstruction manufacturing facilities in the US, Europe & China.

DePuy Synthes’s aspiration is to become the best supply chain in the world. To fulfill this aspiration it is Joe’s remit to plan and lead the implementation of the business transformation & Lean programs across the DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction Manufacturing sites worldwide.

The site adopted the Shingo Model in 2012 and has seen large improvements as a result of embedding the principles outlined in the approach and was awarded the Shingo Prize in 2014.

After the presentation, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

The CEIA would like to thank Joe and the team at DePuy Synthes for affording the time to talk with us and for hosting the event on site.

Contact us at to register attendance

Ireland 3rd place in 2016 EU CanSat competition

Congratulations to the Irish CanSat team – ConfeyCan – from Confey College Kildare, who were placed 3rd in the 2016 EU CanSat competition in Portugal on 25th June. With CanSat teams from 14 countries across Europe competing, the competition was very tough and the ConfeyCan team’s performance was beaten by the German CanSat team (2nd place) and the Portugese CanSat team (1st place). Photos and videos of the 3-day competition are available at:

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June 2016 Business Briefing

Flex, Dublin Hill, Cork, Thursday June 30th @ 6:45pm

is the location for our June 2016 Business Briefing


We are privileged to have


Micheal Martin

Mr Micheál Martin, T.D., Uachtarán Fhianna Fáil and Spokesperson on Northern Ireland 



attend an informal ’round table’ discussion with CEIA members.

Places have been kept to a minimum to facilitate participation & interaction.

We are extremely grateful to Jerry Fitzpatrick and his team who are providing the use of the Flex facilities for this event.


To assist networking a small buffet will be served afterward

Contact for further information.

February 2016 – CEIA’s 31st AGM

The CEIA’s 31st Annual General Meeting will take at Maryborough House Hotel on Tuesday Feb 16th starting at 6.15pm

The Guest Speaker for the evening is:

Pat Roche Pic


Pat Roche,

President Industrial Group, Vice-President & Officer Moog Inc.


Pat joined Moog in 2000 as Engineering Manager in Cork. He took on a variety of roles within the Cork operation before being appointed General Manager in 2003. He joined Industrial Group as the Director Core Product Development and Supply Chain and was appointed a Group Vice President in 2007.

Between 2009 and 2010, Pat held a further responsibility as Managing Director of Moog in Bangalore. In this role, he integrated the facility into Industrial Group as a focus factory for servo motors manufacture. He led the development and deployment of a process framework for Research, Technology and Development between 2009 and 2012.

In 2011, his role was expanded to include additional accountability for the Group IT function (Director of Technology and Infrastructure). Pat was appointed an Officer of the company and Corporate Vice President for Global Systems and Services in 2012. In this role, he was accountable for Information Technology enterprise-wide and for several other shared services.

In Sep 2015, Pat was appointed President – Industrial Group, a segment with more than $500MM revenue and 2500+ staff in 22 countries.

Prior to joining Moog, Pat had worked for Philips in The Netherlands; a technology consultancy in the UK; University College Cork and the National Microelectronics Research Centre (now Tyndall); and a start-up Lumin8.

Pat holds electrical engineering and business degrees from University College Cork.
He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland.

Pat is a former Chairman of the Cork Electronics Industry Association and former director
of the Irish Research and Development Group (IRDG Ltd.).

Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to Pat.
His presentation title is: “Creating value at Moog: the importance of values”

A sincere word of thanks to Pat for taking the time out of his very busy schedule to be with us on Feb 16th

After the meeting, Dinner will be served in the main restaurant.
(there will be a nominal charge for dinner)

Please contact to register for the event and dinner.

November 2015 Business Briefing

The Nimbus Centre, CIT, Bishopstown is the location for our November 2015 business briefing titled:

“CIT and Cork’s Technology Companies: Opportunities for Synergy”                

on Wednesday Nov 11th at 6.30pm

Our hosts for the evening are:

Gerard O'Donovan


Gerard O’Donovan, Head of Faculty of Business & Humanities  



Michael Loftus, Head of Faculty of Engineering & Science



The briefing with address the following topics:

  • Honest assessment of the quality of links that exist today
  • Ideas around how stronger & more beneficial links can be forged
  • What would the characteristics of good co-operation look like?
  • What does CIT offer?
  • What would CIT like to get from industry?
  • Types of links:  co-op placement; graduate placement; work-experience; guest lecturers; sponsorship of CIT activities/labs/buildings etc.
  • New course development in line with industry requirements

After the presentations, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

The CEIA would like to thank Gerard & Michael plus their team at CIT/Nimbus for affording the time to talk with us and for hosting the event on site.

To register please contact us by Email:

To get directions, please go to Nimbus Centre page on Google Places.

Oct 2015 Launch of CEIA Boolean Game

Boolean card game is a logical step to teach coding

Eoghan Ó Catháin from Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin at the launch of the
CEIA Cork’s Technology Network, Boolean logic game for students.

An interactive card game has been launched to teach students Boolean logic — one of the fundamental coding principles which powers the digital world and helps developers build computer games like Minecraft and Candy Crush.

Click here for photos of the Bo01ean Logic Game Launch at UCC

The CEIA which represents High Tech Manufacturing and Development companies in the Cork area,  announced plans yesterday to roll out its CEIA Boolean Internet Roadshow to bring the Bo01ean logic card game to schools all over Ireland over the coming months.


The game has been developed to mark the bicentenary of the birth of mathematical genius George Boole, the first professor of maths at University College Cork who developed Boolean logic.

George Boole

Boolean logic is a form of algebra in which all values are reduced to either true or false.

The concept is used in computer science because it works with the binary numbering system, and, when true or false values are combined with ‘and’, ‘or’, and ‘not’ commands, computers can be programmed to carry out various functions.

Funded by Science Foundation Ireland and developed in partnership with UCC’s Boole2School programme, the role-playing card game represents the true and false values of Boolean logic as they are found in everyday scenarios.

The game has been designed to be used by schoolchildren as an engaging and fun way to understand logic.

CEIA’s skills and education chairperson, Valerie Cowman, said while Boolean logic may sound complex, it is actually the simplest of logics and is the very basics of computing. “Through our Boolean logic game cards, students as young as those in sixth class can understand and have fun with logic,” she said.

The application of logic in everyday scenarios is not obvious to students, even though it is the fundamental basis of every computer, laptop, tablet and smartphone, Ms Cowman said.

Adam Donovan who plays George Boole with visitors from Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin.

Games such as Candy Crush and Minecraft are clear examples of Boolean logic at work and the Bo01ean logic game will demonstrate how Boolean maths influences our lives, she added.

The CEIA has been working with schools in the Cork region for a number of years to drive the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics agenda.

The Bo01ean logic game was devised by Eamon Connolly, CEIA’s outreach officer, and Brian English, a CEIA board member. It was piloted with students in sixth class before being adopted by science teachers at the Eureka Centre in UCC.

Last month, the Irish Secondary Teacher’s Association introduced the game to their classrooms nationally. It is now being distributed free of charge to students, teachers, and parents through the CEIA website.

Meanwhile, students in schools from over 30 countries around the world are poised to take part in the ambitious Boole2School online maths lesson next Monday, November 2, to mark Boole’s birthday.

The Irish Examiner, Thursday, October 29, 2015, Reporter: Eoin English

Links to other Publications:

Cork Chamber   

Silicon Ireland

Digital Daily

Engineers Journal

Silicon Republic

Sept 2015 Business Briefing

 “PepsiCo Ireland – Growth & Diversification” is the title of our Sept 2015 Business Briefing taking place on

   Wed. Sept 30th @ 6:30pm in             PepsiCo Ireland, Carrigaline,                              ** Directions below

The briefing with cover the following topics:

  • PepsiCo – company overview
  • PepsiCo Ireland Strategy – Development and alignment with Corporate
  • PepsiCo Ireland – our growth and diversification in the last 10 years
  • Looking forward – PepsiCo Ireland continued growth.

Our speaker for the evening is

Paul O’Callaghan,

PepsiCo CIO for PWF Global Operations

PepsiCo is a global food, snack and beverage company formed in 1965 with the merger of the Pepsi-Cola Company and Frito-Lay, Inc.             The company expanded from its namesake product Pepsi to a broader range of food and beverage brands, the largest of which includes an acquisition of Tropicana in 1998 and a merger with Quaker Oats in 2001, which added the Gatorade brand to its portfolio.


PepsiCo celebrates its 50th year in 2015. In 1965, when the Pepsi-Cola Company and Frito-Lay, Inc. merged to create PepsiCo, the revenue was $510 million. Today (2014) it stands at more than $66 billion. Market capitalization was $842 million at the end of 1965, and has grown to $141 billion at the end of 2014, putting PepsiCo in the top 10% of the S&P 500 by market value.

If you invested $100 in PepsiCo stock at the end of 1965, it was worth nearly $43,000 at the end of 2014, a 13.2% annualized return. As of December 27, 2014, PepsiCo employed approximately 271,000 people worldwide, with approx. 107,000 within the USA.

PepsiCo is organised into three business units:

PepsiCo Americas Foods (PAF), which includes Frito-Lay North America (FLNA),  Quaker Foods North America (QFNA) and all of its Latin American food and snack businesses (LAF), including its Sabritas and Gamesa businesses in Mexico;

PepsiCo Americas Beverages (PAB), which includes PepsiCo Beverages North America and all of its Latin American beverage businesses, and

PepsiCo International (PI), which includes all PepsiCo businesses in Europe and all PepsiCo businesses in Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA).

PepsiCo’s three business units are comprised of six reportable segments: FLNA, QFNA, LAF, PAB, Europe, and AMEA.

After the presentations, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

The CEIA would like to thank Paul and the team at PepsiCo Ireland for affording the time to talk with us and for hosting the event on site.

Contact to register for the event

** Directions to PepsiCo Ireland
 From the South Link Road
Take the N28 exit toward Ringaskiddy/Port/Carrigaline/Rochestown
Head south on N28 for approx. 6.5km toward Shannonpark Roundabout
At Shannonpark Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Cork Rd/R611
Drive southeast on Cork Rd/R611 (approx. 1km)
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Cork Rd/R611
Continue on Cork Rd/R611 for approx. 0.25km
At roundabout take the 1st exit R612 to Crosshaven
Continue on Cork Rd/R612 for approx. 0.35km
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit
Continue on the Cork Rd R612 for approx. 0.8km
(Straight through traffic lights to “Lidl” roundabout)
At the Lidl roundabout, take the 1st exit to Crosshaven
PepsiCo Plant is approx. 1.8kms on RHS from Lidl Roundabout

May 2015 Business Briefing

How Best Industry Can Leverage EI/IDA Capability is the title of our May 2105 Business Briefing held at Flextronics International, Dublin Hill, on Thurs June 04 at 6.30pm


The briefing will cover the following Topics:

  • Information on the wide range of financial and business development supports available from Enterprise Ireland
  • Guides through the application process for relevant supports
  • Awareness of sectorial events and networks of relevance to a business
  • Trends in the electronics industry and technology sector – global trends and types of investment Ireland is attracting
  • IDA’s transformation agenda – maintaining & growing existing functions and adding functions
  • IDA’s new strategy (Winning: 2015-2019)
  • Supports that can be offered to companies and guidelines on timing and scale of these

Our speakers for the evening are

 Jerry Moloney from Enterprise Ireland

As Regional Director Jerry is responsible for marketing and supporting the Mid-West/South & South East region of Ireland. An employee of EI for the past 14years Jerry has held a number of position within the organisation including management of a team of HRD advisers to provide advice, assistance and development of strategic human resource capabilities in client companies, across all sectors of the

Life Sciences & Industrial Markets division, to enable companies implement and deliver on their strategic growth plans.


Leo Clancy & Ray O’Connor, from IDA

Leo Clancy leads IDA’s Global Team in the areas of Technology, Content, Consumer Products and Business Services. He is a member of the Executive Management team of IDA and has responsibility for proposition development, Marketing & Business development and client aftercare. Prior to joining IDA Leo worked in the telecommunications  industry, spending 13 years with Ericsson followed by more than four years leading the technology function for an Irish fibre communications company.

As Regional Manager Ray is responsible for Marketing the South-West Region of Ireland to attract continued FDI with continued client relationship management, project delivery & issue resolution for existing and new client operations. Ray works with local stakeholders to enhance the regions value proposition for international companies. Prior to joining the IDA Ray worked for an International IT transition firm now a Xerox company and held Marketing & Development Management roles in Eircom and Bord Failte

The IDA are present in all major global markets, working on a daily basis with top multinationals to win Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland and help companies develop their operations here.

After the presentations, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

The CEIA would like to thank Jerry, Leo and Ray for affording the time to talk with us.

In addition we would like express our gratitude to Jerry Fitzpatrick and his team at Flextronics International for hosting the event.

To register for the event, please send a mail to



April 2015 Business Briefing

Effective Sales & Marketing –    The Pitfalls and The Opportunities

is the title of our April 2015 Business Briefing taking place on

TUESDAY APRIL 28TH at 6.30PM in the NEWENHAM SUITE of The Maryborough Hotel, Douglas, 

The briefing will address the following Topics:

  • Does your organisation have a commercial strategy?  Is it sound?
  • Do Sales & Marketing have a place in your organisation?
  • Common traps and pitfalls
  • Pre-requisites for success
  • Building Sales and Marketing into your strategy
  • Organising for Sales & Marketing
  • KPIs & diagnostics

Our speakers for the evening are Brian Kelly and Frank Morley, partners in the company Propel. Together Frank and Brian have over forty years’ experience in the Sales & Marketing field, on an international basis.

are a team of consultants that work with businesses who want to build strong commercial strategies, break into new markets, strengthen current markets and succeed. They build scalable, long-life systems and approaches and focus on solid no-nonsense skills and building blocks.

After the presentation, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served. The CEIA would like to thank Frank & Brian for taking time from their busy schedule to talk with us.

Please register with  should you wish attend.

Sept 2014 Business Briefing

Our Sept Business Briefing will be held at the WiseTek Corporate HQ, GB Business Park, Little Island on Thurs. Sept 25th @ 6:30pm 

The CEIA is delighted to have:

Sean Sheehan,

Managing Director, Wisetek

address our members sharing the Story of Wisetek.

Sean, a Cork native, originally founded the Wisetek organisation in 2007 to support major Enterprise Systems manufacturers to meet the increasing demands of European WEEE regulations. From his extensive experience in warehousing and operations management within the IT Industry, Sean recognised early that these ever increasing international regulations for managing end of life electronic waste in returning customer systems was becoming a larger management challenge and cost burden for major IT organisations.

Wisetek developed an innovative concept that not only ensured his target major IT corporate clients achieved the highest standards of environmental recycling, but transformed the activity from being a cost burden into a highly profitable operational activity. This was achieved by Wisetek innovatively applying Lean -Manufacturing based disciplines for recovering valuable components for reuse by his OEM clients.

Following a rigorous upgrade and quality testing process, these recovered parts then become totally indistinguishable from brand new parts in terms of form and function and could potentially allow reuse for original purpose. Parts that do not have reuse potential are processed to the highest environmental standards and Wisetek are proud to avoid any landfill.

Wisetek is now considered industry thought leaders and are advisors to enterprise systems original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) on how best to organise and manage their used equipment returns and faulty customer service parts returns, to ensure these organisations meet their Data Security, WEEE and E-Waste obligations.

Headquartered in Cork and employing over 209 people, Wisetek also has operations in the USA and in Asia, with plans to extend further across North America and Continental Europe.

In addition

Mike Higgins,

Wisetek Sales Director,

will talk on the

Reverse Logistics Industry

Reverse logistics is more than just returns management; it is “activities related to returns avoidance, gatekeeping, disposal and all other after-market supply chain issues”. Returns management — increasingly being recognized as affecting competitive positioning — provides an important link between marketing and logistics. The broad nature of its cross-functional impact suggests that firms would benefit by improving internal integration efforts. In particular, a firm’s ability to react to and plan for the influence of external factors on the returns management process is improved by such internal integration. In a firm’s planning for returns, a primary factor is the remaining value of the material returning and where it may re-enter the supply chain. “Returned goods, or elements of the product, could even be returned to suppliers and supply chain partners for them to re-manufacture”.

Mike has 30 years’ sales and marketing experience of working in the global IT industry, having previously held senior roles for EMC Corporation, Memorex Telex & Xerox Corporations.  He is a well-recognized IT industry speaker having addressed many CIO forums globally.

After the presentations, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

We would like to thank Sean, Mike and the team at Wisetek, who generously agreed to host this event.

If you would like to attend please Email  providing your name and organisation.